The Lodger
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Malcolm Slaight arrives at the home of Joe and Ellen Bunting. Ellen is happy to make a little extra money, but also becomes enamored by the charm and eccentricities of this mysterious Lodger. Meanwhile, police detective Chandler Manning begins to track a ruthless killer slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. This killer's methods are identical to that of London's infamous psychopath, Jack the Ripper. This is especially troublesome for Manning because earlier in his career he brought a killer to justice who also mimicked Jack the Ripper. Closing in on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cast works hard to make you believe they believe what the screenwriter tells them to believe. But in the end, it all seems contrived and silly."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A good cast can't save The Lodger, the utterly wrongheaded fourth movie version of a 1910 novel inspired by Jack the Ripper that was most famously filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1926."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A smart and creepy thriller transposing a classic London tale to in-your-face modern Los Angeles. Helmer David Ondaatje's deft handling of actors and subtle twists demand a second viewing."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ÜberCiné
"Ready-made for 3am HBO viewing, The Lodger is an unnecessary remake of a story that's already been covered more than enough times, thanks."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"A virtual tsunami of directorial incoherence %u2014 arbitrary visual cliches of the clouds-speeding-across-the-sky variety, and some of the most inappropriate use of classical music in the history of movies."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"This strained, empty effort doesn't work as homage or update, and in its darkly violent sensibility has neither the glamour of Brian De Palma's referential nightmares or even the narrative fuel of the serial-killer-obsessed procedurals that dominate tv."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"What needed to be a taut, structurally sound psychothriller instead malfunctions from the start."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"What might have played out as a passable whodunit becomes instead a frustrating drag."
‑ David Cornelius,
"There's a big cast of characters and the suspense is nicely drawn out, punctuated with just enough bloodlust to keep horror hounds happy."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"...The Lodger ends up just another modern-day policier, on the order of an extended "Law & Order" episode."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Filled with second-rate Brian DePalma twists, noirishly blurred lights and usually solid actors mouthing potboiler brine, The Lodger resembles bottom-shelf '80s dreck."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The Lodger is a spooky story ruined by lumpen dialogue, cloddish performances and a director and writer (David Ondaatje) oblivious to both."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Burdened by a cliche-ridden burnt-out-cop movie screenplay and over-the-top performances that don't mesh, this is a thriller that doesn't thrill as much as it irritates."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Stylish cinematography along with a pulsating musical score make for a somewhat chilling experience, but had writer/director Ondaatje kept the story focused on the serial killings investigation without going off on poorly developed tangents, the film woul"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Deviates not an inch from its rickety template."
‑ Nick Schager, Cinematical
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